The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has been granted extra time to comply with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Order No. 1000 on regional transmission planning and cost allocation.
On July 13, FERC granted SPP's request to have an extra 32 days, until Nov. 12, to file revisions to its open-access transmission tariff to comply with FERC's Order No. 1000 regional measures, the system operator notes.
The extension will enable SPP to accommodate the existing schedule, which includes a board meeting scheduled for the end of October, says Pete Hoelscher, SPP spokesperson. Otherwise, the system operator would have needed to plan special meetings to comply with the order, Hoelscher notes.
FERC Order No. 1000 reforms transmission-planning and cost-allocation requirements, with the ultimate goals of facilitating the development of new transmission facilities and lowering the costs of transmission services.
The rule subjects public utility transmission providers to a host of new requirements involving transmission planning and cost allocation. These improvements, the commission contends, are expected to remove the barriers to the development of new transmission facilities.
To read more about FERC Order No. 1000, click here.